Inside Construction Agreement

Inside Agreement Plan Administrator  

Coast Benefits is the plan benefits administrator for those members working under the Inside Agreement. Should you have any questions about your health or retirement plans, or need to add family member to your account, Coast benefits is your best resource to help you get the information you need. Please see their contact information below.  

Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Pacific Standard) 
Call 800-886-7559 or email  Jonnette Tucker at jmt@coastbenefits.com 

Inside Agreement Retirement Plans 

Every hour you work under the Inside Agreement, the employer contributes money on your behalf into your 401(k) account and towards your annuity. To manage your 401k account, click here to login. Should you wish to contribute more to your 401k, or have questions about the 401k home borrowing program, please contact Coast Benefits for more information.  

Variable Annutiy Plan 

Recently Local 40 has added a new Variable Annuity plan that will provide income through the end of your life upon retirement similar to a pension. This annuity has inflation protection that allows your payment to increase when the funds investments increase. Additionally, if you work 25 years are more by age 55, you will be able to retire early with no reduction in your payments. For a quick reference guide, click here

If you have questions about how much per hour your employer is contributing on your behalf, please visit the Agreements and Wages page on our website by clicking here.

Inside Agreement Health Plan

The IBEW Local 40 NECA Health & Welfare Plan provides comprehensive health and welfare benefits. It includes health insurance provided by: 

  • Kaiser Permanente Health Plan 
  • Delta Dental Care 
  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture through American Specialty Health 
  • HRA (Health Reimbursement Account) 

Eligibility 

You become eligible for health and dental benefits upon completion of 120 hours or work on a month-to-month basis. Hours worked in excess of 120 hours per calendar month are banked for later use in months in which you work less than 120 hours. The maximum you can accumulate in your reserve account is 720 hours, or 6 months. Your eligibility will continue as long as your reserve account contains at least 120 hours. 

You will be eligible for benefits on the first day of the third calendar month next following the last month in which you worked at least 120 hours. 
 
For example: 

  • 120 hours worked in January gives eligibility for April 
  • 120 hours worked in February gives eligibility for May 
  • 120 hours worked in March gives eligibility for June 
  • 120 hours worked in April gives eligibility for July 

How to Enroll

You can obtain health benefit enrollment materials from Coast Benefits, or from the IBEW Local 40 union hall. Complete the enrollment forms below and return to Coast Benefits or to your Local 40 union hall.

Kaiser Permanente Health Plan

As a participant in IBEW Local 40 NECA Health Plan, you are entitled to medical and prescription drug benefits under Kaiser provided you meet the eligibility requirements of the Plan. Kaiser owns its own medical clinics and hospitals, and employs its own doctors. Kaiser may also contract with designated hospitals and Medical Groups. Under the Kaiser Plan, you can choose your own physician, and are encouraged to do so. Looking for more information about Kaiser? Click here.

Delta Dental Care

As a participant in this Plan, you are offered a dual choice of dental plans provided by DeltaCare USA Dental of California. You must meet the eligibility requirements of the Plan.

Looking for a dentist? Click here
 
Whatever plan choice you select, DeltaCare USA DMO Plan or DeltaCare USA PPO Plan, all family members need to be enrolled in the same plan. If you do not select one of the two available plans you will be automatically be enrolled in the DMO Plan. You will only be allowed to change your choice of plans each year, during the annual open enrollment period. Normally, information on the open enrollment is mailed out in September of each year and any change in dental plans must be made and received in the Administrative Office by October 31st. Plan changes are effective with the eligibility period starting December 1.

American Specialty Health

Accessing your chiropractic and acupuncture benefits 

  1. To find a contracted ASH Networks practitioner near you: click here
  2. Click the yellow button below to go to the ASH website 
  3. Call ASH Networks Member Services at 1.800.678.9133 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday – Friday, Eastern Time) for a list of the closest practitioner near your home or work address. 
  4. Call the chiropractor directly to schedule an appointment. 
  5. At the time of your appointment, your practitioner will verify your eligibility using your Kaiser Permanente ID Card. Then, simply pay your designated copay for services rendered. 

Questions?
Call ASH Networks Member Services at 1.800.678.9133
(8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday – Friday, Eastern Time)

HRA (Health Reimbursement Account)

The IBEW Local 40-NECA HRA Plan is a health-care reimbursement account, for you and your dependents, that covers qualified medical expenses such as co-payments, prescription drugs, and medical insurance premiums. It is funded solely by employer contributions. 

An account will be established for you in the IBEW Local 40-NECA HRA Plan as determined by your collective bargaining agreement. Your account balance will be divided between two pools: 

The “active” account will be available for claims reimbursement as long as you are an active participant of the Plan. 

The “retiree” account will be available for claims reimbursement once you reach age 55, the IBEW Local 40-NECA HRA Plan’s mandatory retirement age. Withdrawals for qualified medical expenses are tax-free. Claims reimbursements are administered by Coast Benefits, Inc. 

>> HRA Claim Form 
>> HRA Claim Form Spanish

Qualified Expenses 

The Internal Revenue Service defines qualified medical care expenses within IRS Section 213(d). Medical care expenses are further defined as amounts paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation or treatment of a disease, and for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. The expenses must be primarily to alleviate a physical or mental defect or illness. 
 
The products and services listed in the document (below) are examples of medical expenses eligible for payment under a Health Reimbursement Account. This list is not all inclusive; additional expenses may qualify, and the items listed below are subject to change in accordance with IRS regulations. 
 
>> IRS Qualified Medical Expenses List

Filing an HRA Claim

Use your HRA debit card. Your HRA debit card is accepted at most merchants where you would have eligible expenses (e.g. CVS, Rite Aid, Costco). You can pay for your eligible expenses with the card, but it will not work for non-eligible purchases (e.g. you cannot use it to purchase non- eligible items at a drug store).  

Your HRA debit card is the simplest way for you to access the funds in your HRA account. If you do not receive your HRA debit card, or if you have any questions about your HRA benefit, or how to access your benefits, please call Coast Benefits at 844-739-7956. 
 
Claims can be filed by  mail, online or via our mobile app. 
 
To file your claim online: 

  • Log on here 
  • Enter your username and password 
  • Click Login 

If you are not already registered for the site, your username will be: 

  • First Name Initial + Full Last Name + Last 4 digits of SSN 
    (example: jsmith6789) 
  • The default password is: Coast1 (case sensitive) 

You will have 30 days to create a new password. After 30 days, you can create a new password by contacting Coast Benefits at 844-739-7956. 
 
Creating a Payment or Requesting a Reimbursement 
 
After you have logged in… 

  • Click on the File a Claim button. 
  • On the next screen, select the Pay From drop- down menu and select Medical. 
  • Then go to the Pay To drop-down menu 
  • To reimburse yourself for a previous expense, select Me 
  • To pay a provider, select Someone Else 
  • Then follow the prompts. 

For more information please download these instructions and the quickstart guide: 
 
>>Quickstart Guide to Consumer Portal

 
To file your claim using our app: 
 
Manage your HRA account from the palm of your hand. Check your HRA account balance and submit receipts from anywhere. You can easily and securely access your HRA account, submit claims and upload receipts anywhere at any time. You have quick access to common tasks with an easy to use design that helps make sense of your health and financial information. Click on link below for help. 
 
>> Mobile App for Apple and Android